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6 great local game stores for last-minute shopping

Ways to shop local for cool gifts for kids (and playful adults).

Seattle excels in many things, and an abundance of game stores — and board-game, puzzle and trading card enthusiasts — is one of them. If you need a gift at the last minute, many of these local businesses are also offering curbside pickup, as well as gift cards. 

(Board games and card games are also great for hanging out with your kid while no one looks at a screen.)

The game stores

  1. Blue Highway Games (Queen Anne/Seattle)
    2203 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle
    (206) 282-0540
    Curbside pickup: Yes
    Shopping appointments: Available on weekends
    10 customer limit inside store
    Online shopping: Yes
    Gift cards available: Yes
  2. Card Kingdom (Ballard/Seattle and Bellevue)
    Ballard location
    5105 Leary Ave. NW, Seattle
    (206) 523-9605
    Bellevue location
    13310 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue
    (425) 326-3050
    Online shopping: Yes
    Number of customers in store limited
    Call ahead to order, pick up at counter available
    Gift cards available: Yes
  3. Math ’n’ Stuff (Maple Leaf/Seattle)
    8926 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
    (206) 522-8891
    Curbside pickup available: Yes.
    Shopping appointments available but not required.
    Call if you wish to reserve shopping time or to order ahead
    Number of shoppers inside limited.
    Online shopping: Yes
    Gift cards available: Yes
  4. Meeples Games (West Seattle)
    3727 California Ave. SW, Seattle
    (206) 535-7896
    Curbside pickup available: Yes
    Holiday delivery available for $10 to ZIP codes 98106, 98116, 98126 and 98136
    Online shopping: Yes (Can also pick up in store)
    In-store shopping visits are limited to 30 minutes.
    Gift cards available: Yes
  5. Zulu’s Board Game Cafe (Bothell)
    10234 Main St., Bothell
    (425) 818-8122
    Counter and curbside pickup available: Yes
    Online shopping: Yes
    Gift cards: Yes
  6. Tacoma Games (Tacoma)
    3013 6th Ave., Tacoma
    (253) 301-2137
    Curbside pickup only. (No in-store shopping currently.)
    Online shopping: Yes
    Gift cards: Yes

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About the Author

Jillian O'Connor

Jillian O’Connor is managing editor of the Seattle's Child print magazine. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two sons and a dog named after the Loch Ness Monster.